Aquarium Seeks Volunteers

January 18, 2007

Spring Training Begins March 13

The Oregon Coast Aquarium invites people who want to know more about marine life and our coastal environment to become a volunteer. “Being a volunteer is fun, fascinating and extremely fulfilling,” said Volunteer Services Manager, Tina Smith. “We have volunteers who have been with us since we opened in 1992 and they really enjoy their role as interpreters of the many extraordinary exhibits and animals at the Aquarium.” Enrollment is open now for Spring Volunteer Training which gets underway March 13 and continues each Tuesday afternoon through May 15 from 3 pm – 6 pm. Students in the volunteer program learn about the Oregon Coast Aquarium's 15,000 marine creatures and their coastal habitats. They also learn how to share their knowledge with the Aquarium’s visitors.

Earn College Credits A maximum of three college credits are available through Oregon Coast Community College for volunteers who pay an additional fee, complete the classes and meet all requirements. The volunteer training gives in-depth information about marine animal species exhibited at the Aquarium as well as an overview of the natural history of the Oregon coast. Once training is completed, volunteers become interpreters and share the wonder of the coastal environment with visitors for a minimum of six months. After gaining a greater understanding of how the Aquarium functions during these six months, volunteers may then apply for volunteer positions behind the scenes in facility maintenance, animal care, clerical work or any number of other Aquarium positions.

Cool Benefits Benefits include discounts in the gift shop, free membership (after serving 50 volunteer hours), Aquarium passes, invitations to special events and evening enrichment programs. Volunteers have the satisfaction of expanding their personal marine knowledge while giving something back to the community by supporting the Aquarium.

Find Out More The Aquarium asks for a one-year commitment of one half-day shift each week, or a half day every other week for people with special needs or who commute long distances. The spring training classes are held in the afternoons from 3 - 6 pm. Classes run for 10 weeks beginning March 13 through May 15. A $35 fee is required for materials. Participants must be 18 years or older. For more information or to register, call Coordinator of Volunteer Services, Sam Cangemi at 541-867-3474, extension 5315 or e-mail sam.cangemi@aquarium.org.

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